A 5-Point Guide To Buy A Used Bike
Did You Know: Buying a used bike is a lot more challenging than buying a used car since there are very few organized and trust-worthy used bike dealers in the market.
Motorcycles form a major chunk of automobiles plying on Indian roads. This percentage is expected to go only higher in the coming years. Keeping this in mind, bike manufacturers are launching new models frequently to capture the lions share of the market.
While you are spoiled for options, it does not necessarily mean you purchase a brand-new model. There is always the option of buying a used bike from a recognized dealer that comes with bike insurance. It is a cost-effective option to own a two-wheeler.
However buying an excellent quality used bike needs a good deal of research and effort. Here is a neat little guide to help you.
Know your Need
The first point of order is to know the type of bike you want. Maybe you are looking for a regular 150cc two-wheeler for your office commute. Perhaps it is a sports bike that lets you zip past other vehicles on the highway at top speed. Is it a dirt bike meant particularly for racing that you desire?
Choose the Seller
There are two places which will sell you a used bike dealer or private owner. If you go to a dealer you get the benefits of a thoroughly checked and cleaned model. That's because the dealership needs sales to earn profits. Buying from a private owner will save you on costs but the risk of buying a damaged model is high unless you know the owner. Go to the dealer always.
Inspect with Care
Once you set up the day to inspect the bike brush up your basics and make a checklist of items you need to check. What's better is to take a friend who might be knowledgeable in bike maintenance along with you. The parts to check are:
- Bike exteriors for any damage dents or paint peel-offs.
- Tyres for signs of wear and tear. Too much riding can damage them.
- Drive chain and sprockets for wear and tear.
- Switch on all lights in a dark room to test for strength.
- Steering head for how rough or easy it is to maneuver.
- Fuel tank for signs of rust.
Take Multiple Test Drives
Once you have inspected the bike sit on it and hit the road more than once; use it on different terrains to examine its performance. When you change gears check whether the shift is smooth or not. The breaks should function smoothly whenever you apply them. If there is any weird or unusual noise from the engine it is a sign of a faulty bike. And last but not the least check the seats. They should be comfortable and not cause pain or discomfort to your rear.
Invest in Insurance
If the test drive has satisfied you and if the seller is the owner ask if he or she is willing to transfer the bike insurance to you. If yes ensure the insurer is contacted immediately. If not make sure to buy online insurance as soon as you buy the bike. This is because online is convenient and you attract lower premiums. Also the Motor Vehicles Act mandates every bike owner to have third-party insurance.